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How to Get Children to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

How to Get Children to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Children do not like doing what they are told. They never have done and I do not suppose that they ever will. This is a fact of life and there is little point in trying to change things. A youngster will push the boundaries as…

Effects of Fast Food, Teach Your Children How To Eat Healthy

Effects of Fast Food, Teach Your Children How To Eat Healthy

The staggering effects of fast food were recently released in a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. More than 9 million children and teens are overweight. Childhood obesity is responsible for 50 % of new cases of pediatric diabetes, sleep apnea, and asthma. While we…

How Is Healthcare for Children Handled After Divorce?

How Is Healthcare for Children Handled After Divorce?

One very important, yet often overlooked, aspect of the outcome of a divorce is providing healthcare to children. Who's responsible for the cost, and how is this determined? How do healthcare expenses get weighed among other expenses? Here, we'll take a broad look at the issue of a child's healthcare post-divorce.

The most general and common rule of thumb in this matter is that the parent who claims the child or children on their tax return as dependents, is the parent who is responsible for obtaining and paying for healthcare insurance. Keep in mind that the parent claiming the child as a dependent is not always the custodial parent, so that's another issue to consider on its own.

Whether both parents have a full-time employer, and have health-insurance through that employer, also factors in. If only one parent has health insurance from his or her employer, it will in all likelihood be that parent who provides healthcare insurance to the child. If both parents have health insurance policies from their employers, then a primary and secondary policy can be dictated.

Beyond that, there are also additional and related costs to take into account outside of the actual insurance premiums. Consider the costs of co-pays, deductibles, medication, non-covered expenses, and all the rest that factors into a child's actual health and wellbeing. These expenses may be hashed out as part of the divorce settlement itself.

Another factor to consider is that the cost of healthcare may in some instances be factored in to a Court's alimony award. Additionally, healthcare expenses for a child will be factored into the Court's determination of child support pursuant to the state's specific guidelines. So whether one of the parents is obligated to pay healthcare expenses for the other, as well as the child, and whether those are classified as child support, alimony, or separate matters, are all factors to consider.

Finally, keep in mind that different states may have different requirements or legislation in place which specifically dictate or mandate how healthcare for children after divorce should be handled. Further, the entire healthcare realm in the United States is always ebbing and flowing, and there could be more changes on the horizon, too.

That's why it's always important to consult with an experienced and qualified professional in your local area before taking action. He or she will be able to advise you on potential courses of action and what the best decision will be, not only for the parents, but for the children themselves.

Source by Brandon Bernstein

How to Get Children to Eat Healthy Food

How to Get Children to Eat Healthy Food

The challenge most parents face is trying to get their children eating healthy food. The subject of healthy eating is always a battle or a struggle between parent and child, and many times both parties become upset and frustrated. The easiest way to get children…

Why Children Need Oral Healthcare at Different Ages and Stages

Why Children Need Oral Healthcare at Different Ages and Stages

A pediatric dentist is a medical professional who is committed to taking care of children’s oral health from infancy until the teenage years. Pediatric dentists are equipped with the qualifications and experience that are necessary for caring for children’s mouths, gums and teeth during different…